Sat, Nov 15, 2003 - Page 20 News List

Gagne delivers late knockout blow

REUTERS , PHILADELPHIA

Philadelphia Flyers' winger Simon Gagne, top, raises his hand in celebration after scoring the winning goal in overtime against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Olympian Simon Gagne scored 1:47 into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 win over the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Canucks in NHL play on Thursday.

Gagne also assisted on Eric Desjardins' goal at 16:11 of the third period that gave the Flyers -- who have yet to lose at home this season -- a 3-2 edge.

However, Todd Bertuzzi scored for Vancouver with just eight seconds on the clock to force an extra period.

The score was knotted at 1-1 after a period, with the Flyers' Mark Recchi and the Canucks' Jason King tallying.

Hurricanes 5, Thrashers 1

In Raleigh, North Carolina, the Hurricanes got a goal from Erik Cole just 24 seconds into a 5-1 drubbing of the Atlanta Thrashers.

Josef Vasicek, Rod Brind'Amour, Ron Francis and Kevyn Adams also scored for Carolina.

Patrik Stefan got Atlanta's lone marker, denying Kevin Weekes a shutout.

Senators 5, Blue Jackets 2

In Ottawa, Marian Hossa scored twice and collected two assists as the Senators rallied to rout the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2, all five Ottawa goals coming on the powerplay.

Hossa helped out on goals by Wade Redden and Radek Bonk, with Bonk notching two assists as well.

Columbus had gone up 2-0 after just eight minutes on goals by Trevor Letowski and David Vyborny.

Islanders 3, Canadiens 1

In Uniondale, New York, the Islanders got a goal in each period in a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Oleg Kvasha, Mark Parrish and Jason Blake scored for New York, which is an impressive 7-2 at home.

Devils 3, Panthers 1

In East Rutherford, New Jersey, the Devils got three of the four second-period goals to dump the Florida Panthers 3-1.

Patrik Elias, Brian Gionta and Jay Pandolfo tallied for the hosts, with Stephen Weiss counting for Florida to deny Martin Brodeur a shutout.

The Panthers are 1-1 under new coach Rick Dudley.

Predators 4, Flames 1

In Nashville, the Calgary Flames had the better of the play, taking 30 of the 52 shots, but the host Predators prevailed 4-1.

David Legwand had a goal and an assist to pace the Preds, with Kimmo Timonen collecting three assists.

Toni Lydman put the Flames on the board after just 6 1/2 minutes, but Tomas Vokoun was unbeatable the rest of the way.

Oilers 2, Wild 0

In St. Paul, Minnesota, Alaska-born netminder Ty Conklin, subbing for injured number one Tommy Salo, registered his first NHL shutout as the Edmonton Oilers blanked the Wild 2-0.

Conklin turned aside all 22 Minnesota shots.

Ethan Moreau scored unassisted just 1:14 into the contest with Mike York finding the mark later in the opening stanza.

The Wild remained winless in regulation against Edmonton.

In other NHL games: Coyotes 3, Avalanche 2 (OT); Blues 4, Sharks 3 (OT); Kings 4 Maple Leafs 4

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